Low-fat, sugar-free whipped pudding pie

About a year ago, I went to some mom friends of mine for suggestions for easy dessert recipes.  One of them, Jessica, posted a pudding pie recipe that has quickly become one of my very favorites for its versatility, its ease, its low-fatness and its no baking required.  I can literally whip it up in five minutes.  And I can even make it sugar free if I want to.  Low-fat ingredients like skim milk or fat-free whipped topping make it low fat.  Yeah.  I’m in heaven.

So, this past weekend when I needed a dessert for a family get-together, I decided to make it.  I thought I’d written about it before, but after investigating, I realized I haven’t.  I’m sharing my two favorite versions with you.  This first is the most basic.  You can swap out flavors as you like.  The second is the version that I got a bit more creative with.  Both are still super easy.  Enjoy!

Basic low-fat, sugar free whipped pudding pie

Ingredients:
1 box instant sugar-free butterscotch pudding
2 cups milk
1 graham cracker  pie crust
1 8-ounce tub of sugar-free whipped topping

Directions:
1. Mix the pudding with the milk, according to the directions on the package.
2. Pour half of the pudding mix into the prepared pie crust.
3. Fold half of the whipped topping into the remaining pudding mix.  Pour that mixture over top of the pudding mix in the crust.
4. Refrigerate for an hour.
5. Top with the remaining whipped topping.  (I think you can do this sooner, but I always wait and let it firm up first.)

* Note: To make this completely sugar free, you could make your own crust with sugar free graham crackers rather than buying the pre-made crust.  You can also totally do this with regular, sugared pudding.  And you can definitely use different flavors.  Butterscotch just happens to be a favorite for my family.

And, here’s the more creative version I concocted because, quite honestly, I think most desserts can be made better with the addition of Oreos!  It’s not quite as low-fat, but it’s still much lower in fat and calories than a more decadent dessert with cake, brownies or ice-cream.

Oreo whipped pudding pie

Ingredients:
1 box instant French vanilla pudding mix
2 cups milk
1 8-ounce tub of whipped topping
1 chocolate cookie pie crust
11 Double Stuf Oreos or 14 regular Oreos

Directions:
1. Crush 8 Double Stuf Oreos or 10 regular Oreos.  Reserve the remaining cookies.
2. Mix the pudding with the milk, according to the directions on the package.
3. Pour half of the pudding mix into the bottom of the pie crust.
4. Pour half of the pudding mix into the prepared pie crust.
5. Mix the remaining half of the pudding mix, half the tub of whipped topping and the crushed cookies together.
6. Pour the mixture into the pie crust.
7. Let set in the refrigerator an hour.
8. Top with the remaining whipped topping.
9. Crumble the remaining cookies on top just before serving (this helps them retain their crunch; the longer they sit in the whipped topping, the soggier they get).

Get creative with flavors you like.  Substitute in things that are low-fat or sugar-free or both and enjoy!

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